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i-to-i 2017 - Race Update
Posted On:  30/11/2017 09:35:01

This weekend is the race, Saturday 12/2 or Sunday 12/3 leaving from Vista Park in Fort Lauderdale.  Hope you are ready to go some or all of the distance and celebrate afterwards.  The 15th annual I-to-I will go this weekend if the forecast holds!

SATURDAY
East northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to
4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY
Northeast winds around 10 knots.
Seas 2 to 3 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.

Final word on which day we go will happen Friday afternoon or early evening, but you probably can tell which is sounding better now.  It's still too early to get a great handle on things but I will be checking the forecast from NOAA and reviewing the forecast from Sailflow / iWindsurf / iKitesurf as we get closer.

Complete event information is on the event website:  http://i-to-i.org/  Click on the link for the 2017 Notice of Race for more details.
 
If the forecast is equal both Saturday and Sunday, please let me know ASAP if there is a date preference that would affect your attendance.  Your vote counts! 
 
Safety.  The race is run in open ocean offshore.  It is imperative to be able to call for help if you break down. PHONES are mandatory to carry so you can contact 911 if you have an emergency.  There is no entry fee to the race.  Use the money you would have spent for an entry fee on a waterproof cell phone case and better yet buy it from one of our sponsors below.  As this is a bit of distance to cover and the possibility of breakdown, fatigue, or injury exists, combined with potential offshore winds, (even if the forecast is onshore, like last year's race), it is strongly encouraged that you carry a cell phone for emergency use. Any charged phone, even without an activated phone plan will be able to call 911 for help, but still needs to go in a cellphone bag so you can use it on the water.  There are a variety of secure waterproof bags for carrying cell phones that allow their use in the water without damage to the phone from seawater entry. Please don't take chances with your safety!  Procure a case for your phone and bring it with to the race as there will not be chase boats or anyone but yourself looking after you.  With that said, the coast is pretty friendly up and back, and with the exception of most of Fort Lauderdale public beach and a small stretch of Pompano public beach, anywhere along the beach is a landing spot for a rest or adjustment if needed.
 
Our watersports friends have once again outdone themselves and we have awesome prizes for windsurfers and kitesurfers.  For those who are not familiar with the format of the race, we do things a little differently.  The prizes go in a pile and all participants draw in turn in their finish order until we run out.  Everybody is a winner at the I-to-I.  Thanks to:
 
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